Yes, we’re writers, but we’re readers first. Part of the reason I wanted to write was to give others the transporting experience I’ve had, reading a wonderful book, and ‘waking up’ hours later, unaware of my surroundings. Or consciously slowing down, toward the end of a book, just so I won’t be done. Yes, I can reread it, but I’ll never again experience it for the first time.
So I started thinking . . . If I were stuck on a deserted island, all alone, what books would I want with me?
I don’t mean survivalist literature – I’m talking, ‘keep me sane while I’m waiting for the cavalry to show up’ books. I chose an arbitrary limit of 10, then tried to decide. The first couple were easy – they popped right into my head.
- Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
- The Stand – Stephen King
- A Gift Upon the Shore – M.K. Wren (if you’re a writer, you should read this dystopian novel-what would happen to the books if the world crumbled?)
- Malevil – Robert Merle Okay, shoot me, I love end of the world scenarios.
But after that it got tougher.
- Timeline – Michael Crichton
- King’s Oak – Ann Rivers Siddons
- Any of the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon
- Most anything by Barbara Samuels / Barbara O’Neal
- Violin – Ann Rice Or The Feast of All Saints – I can’t decide
- South of Broad – or anything by Pat Conroy. Maybe if I were lucky, he’d have a new one out I hadn’t yet read….
See how I got flaky at the end? Too many good books!!!
What are your Deserted Island Books? I’d love to hear about them.